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October 10, 2013

GTA 5 drives into Guinness Book of Records

Controversial Rockstar game has seven entries in record books

By Cbr Rolling Blog

It is now official that Grand Theft Auto is the fastest selling video game of all time.

This is something most of us as suspected for a while, but it has now been confirmed, seven times over.

The Guinness World Records has announced the game broke seven world records:

  • – Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours
  • – Fastest entertainment property to gross $1
  • – Best-selling video game in 24 hours
  • – Best-selling action adventure game in 24 hours
  • – Fastest video game to gross $1bn
  • – Highest grossing video game in 24 hours
  • – Most viewed trailer for an action-adventure videogame


"GTA totally deserves to be recognised as an icon of modern British culture," said Guinness World Records editor-in-chief, Craig Glenday. "Gaming is no longer a niche hobby, as GTA 5 has proved, and how exciting that it’s taken on the might of Hollywood and won. I’m also doubly proud as a Dundonian to welcome this home-grown series back into the Guinness World Records book."

Based in Dundee, Rockstar North games have made a huge accomplishment in creating a game that sold over 11m copies in its first 24 hours on sale: 1.5m of those were in the UK. It hit $1bn in sales within three days. It been the lifetime sales of predecessor GTA IV within three weeks. In total, the GTA series has sold over 135 million copies.

The GTA series is doing wonders for the British economy as it peers to the other side of the recession. I think Rockstar is owed a letter of thanks by George Osbourne as the GTA series has bought in some serious bucks, and will probably continue to do so.

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